I love the theme Beauty and the Beast. It’s a favourite premise of mine, so I was thrilled to have Elizabeth Hoyt write it. I have read every book she’s written because I find she’s consistently awesome. Her characters are incredibly well written, fresh and new. The dialogue is quirky and fun and her books are over before I know it. She’s on my automatic-buy list. As soon as I get a new calendar, I write her release dates on it. She’s that good.
This book was no disappointment. Apollo Greaves is the ‘beast’. A monster of man who can’t speak. I loved that premise and wondered how could she ever make the romance happen when he was mute. How could she create tension? How could she put in her quirky romance? I won’t tell you how, but she does do it. In spades.
There’s also Lily, our heroine. A wonderful person who’s down on her luck and has to live in an abandoned theatre with her son Indio and their hilarious italian greyhound Daff. Lily was so easy to like, I was her best friend within a few paragraphs.
It’s no secret that I like dogs and Daff was a particular favourite of mine. She’s so funny and naughty and still realistic that I looked forward to every scene with her in it.
Touching and moving, Darling Beast is a great historical romance and another definite joy in my work week. I have to admit, I snuck read it and took it everywhere. Couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page. If you’re a fan of romance or historical romance, I’d highly recommend this one.
Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂
Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
“If she lived through the day she was going to have to apologize to Indio.
For there was a monster in the garden.” Pg. 9 from Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt.
In his latest attempt to sell our house, my lovely hubby has pulled out all the stops. He hired an interior decorator (to give him ideas) and argues with himself about everything from paint colour to decorative cushions. So far, he had only been talking. Until today.
I arrived home to the smell of paint and noticed there were several bushes missing outside our house. One more glance told me I was wrong, there weren’t several bushes missing, there were trees missing as well. Then I looked inside the house.
This morning our house was a cream colour. Today, every room is a new rainbow shade. Furniture has magically moved or is missing altogether, we have new covers on our beds, pictures are in odd spots and every counter is bare. Not a soap, or toothbrush in sight. Our dogs, who could easily disrupt this transformation, were banished outside.